On my way to the studio there was an air-raid. I ran into the brick shelter in the middle of the road. There were poor little Leonard and Agnes sitting on their suitcases, having lost their all. Luckily Leonard had been wearing his best trousers at the time. Madame Arcana was there too wearing a gold brocade toque and a blanket. It was bloody cold and I wanted to pee badly, but couldn't. Leonard wouldn't give me his seat as he believes in the equality of the sexes, so I sat on the floor...'
August 1939. As a teenage Catholic virgin, Joan Wyndham spent her days trying to remain pure and unsullied and her nights trying to stay alive. Huddled in the air-raid shelter, she wrote secretly and obsessively about the strange yet exhilarating times she was living through, sure that this was ' the happiest time of my life'.
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A collection of the diaries of Joan Wyndham, which look at her adolescence in Chelsea at the start of World War Two, revealing her experiences in education, sex and love in a humorous manner and providing insight into British life in the 1940s.Review:
Fresh, exuberant, wonderfully funny ( VAL HENNESSY)
A marvellous book -- so funny, and moving, and its immediacy is extraordinary! Joan Wyndham is a marvellous writer, one of those rare people with perfect pitch ( SELINA HASTINGS)
No one, except Anthony Powell, has managed to create so exactly the atmosphere of London in the forties ( THE TIMES)
A latter-day Pepys in camiknickers ( (tbc))
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Book Description Flamingo, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11000654164X
Book Description Flamingo, 1986. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000654164X